Bacon and Goat Cheese Puffs

Bacon-and-Goat-Cheese-Puffs SO11

Flaky puff pastry squares topped with a delicious combination of bacon and goat cheese make for a delectable bite of fall flavor.

Bacon and Goat Cheese Puffs
Yield: 36
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 large red onion, cut into ¹⁄8-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry (1 sheet), thawed
  • ½ pound applewood-smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 (4-ounce) package goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs
  1. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add red onion. Cover, and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover, and increase heat to medium-high. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently. Add vinegar, salt, and pepper. Cook until vinegar evaporates, stirring constantly.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°.
  3. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, unfold pastry sheet. Using a rolling pin, roll pastry sheet out to a 12x12-inch square. Cut into 36 (2-inch) squares. Prick pastry squares with a fork. Place 12 squares, evenly spaced, on each prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake until pastries are golden brown, approximately 8 minutes.
  6. Using the back of a spoon, press down centers of hot pastries to make an indentation.
  7. In a medium bowl, combine bacon, goat cheese, thyme, and cooked red onion. Spoon 1 teaspoon bacon mixture into center of each indentation.
  8. Bake until cheese is melted, approximately 5 minutes.
  9. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired.

From TeaTime, September/October 2011

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